Community calendar for week of August 19

Events in the area.


Thursday, Aug. 19

  • Pfizer vaccine clinics at Tri-County Health Care. Call 218-631-3510 to schedule an appointment.

  • Free frozen meals for seniors 60+ from 2-4 p.m. at Lakewood Health System (main campus by the farmer's market), 49725 County 83, Staples.

  • Little Red Caboose Variety Show at 7 p.m. at Centennial Auditorium, 401 Centennial Drive, Staples. You can purchase tickets at or at the door.

  • Meatballs for Mentors fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. outside of Centennial Auditorium. The funds will benefit Kinship partner's youth mentoring in the Staples-Motley area.

  • Free car seat clinic with Todd-Wadena Healthy Connections from 3-7 p.m. at the Sebeka clinic, 106 Minnesota Ave. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling 218-632-8480 or emailing

Friday, Aug. 20

  • Wadena County Public Health Moderna vaccine clinic appointments from 10 a.m. to noon p.m. at 22 Dayton Ave. SE., Wadena. Register online at or call 218-631-7629 or 1-888-883-0351. Registration is required.
  • Take in Bluffton's Hometown Days on Aug. 20-21 with a kickball game, sand volleyball, car show, movie in the park, parade, sidewalk chalk art contest, axe throwing and fireworks.

  • Kalevala Puppet Pageant, a community street theater experience, at the New York Mills VFW at 7 p.m. A second performance is on Aug. 21 at 1:45 p.m. at Finn Creek Museum.

  • England Prairie Show Days : Take part in harvesting potatoes on Aug. 22, enjoy a roast beef dinner on Aug. 20 and spend the rest of the weekend enjoying an antique tractor pull and horses working the fields. The events take place at 14229 County Road 1, Verndale.

Saturday, Aug. 21

  • Wadena fly-in at the airport with airplane rides, bounce houses, car show, food and activities from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Staples Railroad Days continues with a 5K, corn feed at the Alliance Church, carnival games, parade, pizza eating contest, car show and street dance.

Monday, Aug. 23

Heartsaver CPR class at the Tri-County Wesley building. The class teaches you how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking. Pre-registration for the course is required on their website or by contacting Tom Krueger at 218-632-8738.


Wednesday, Aug. 25

Fair Oaks Lodge healthcare worker appreciation parade at 9:30 a.m. Meet at the Sunnybrook Road and Shady Lane Drive intersection.

Standing dates

  • Cards and Farkel 1-4 p.m., Monday - Thursday at the Wadena Senior Center. Closed Friday-Sunday. Call (218) 631-4077 for more information.
  • Celebrate Recovery program will be held at the Verndale Family Life Church, 402 Clark Dr. NE, from 6-8 p.m. every Sunday. For more information please call (218) 445-5568.
  • Wadena Open Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at 7 p.m., Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Sundays, at 421 NW 4th St, Wadena.
  • Life After Loss group for parents dealing with the loss of a child on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom with Wellness in the Woods. Join by clicking the VSPN logo at .
  • Free community meal, drive-thru style, every last Thursday of the month from 4:30 - 6 p.m. at Saint Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena.
  • Wadena Area Food Shelf open 10 a.m. to noon, Mondays and Thursdays. Contact them at 218-631-7605. Located at 205 Aldrich Ave SE, Wadena.
  • Verndale Area Food Shelf is open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Thursday; and 5-7 p.m. every first Thursday at 402 NE Clark Dr. Contact the director at 218-445-5568.
  • Wadena-Deer Creek produce stand from 9 a.m. to noon at the school greenhouse on Tuesdays.
  • Find the Wadena Tuesday market starting mid-July in Burlington Northern Park from 7 a.m. to noon.
  • Stop by the Staples Area Farmers' Market from 2-5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Lakewood main campus for vendors fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, baked goods and more.
  • For the New York Mills market, head to Central Park on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wadena Farmers Market on Fridays from 2-5:30 p.m. on Wesley Lawn across from Tri-County Health Care.
  • Wadena County Republicans meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Pizza Ranch in Wadena. Dinner and visiting at 6 p.m. with speakers and a business meeting at 7 p.m. Call (218) 894-1899 for more information.
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